Big Ten School Pulls Ahead for Orlando-Based 2018 DE Connor Parks

There is a leader in the clubhouse for 2018 Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge defensive end, Connor Parks, who is approaching a dozen scholarship offers.

Armed with eight offers, including one at the Power Five level, defensive end Connor Parks says one suitor has officially inched ahead to claim the top spot in his recruitment.

Parks, who straps up the pads at Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge, accumulated 81 tackles, 15 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his junior campaign. 

"Purdue is on top for me," Parks said. "Georgia just left my school today and that's my dream school. They are going to offer soon."

Parks obviously has a reputation for wreaking havoc in the offensive backfield, and says the message from Purdue's staff has been simple and straight to the point.

Do not change a thing.

"The coaching staff is showing lots of love," Parks said. "Tony Levine, the tight ends coach who offered me, spoke highly about the unit and was saying all the right things I wanted to hear.

"They had a powerful front last season. Their rushers come hard off the edge with speed just how I do. Their playing style fits my game a lot."

Despite dishing out a leader, Parks says he plans to take a patient approach in hopes of using up multiple official visits during the fall.

"I want to take all my visits during the season so I can actually feel the college experience," Parks said. "I'll be going to Miami (Fl)Florida State, Mercer and UCF for scheduled camps.

"Maybe a few more out-of-state camps."

Parks, who will be labeled as a three-star prospect in the near future, has no visits scheduled at this time.

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